CSA-31806 Grassland Science


Code last year: (CWE-32306)

Course

Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
One day excursion6
Lectures20
Literature study
Practical intensively supervised8
Project learning14
Self-study
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. SJ Oosting
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. SJ Oosting
dr. JB Evers
drs. CA Langeveld
prof. dr. ir. PC Struik
dr. ir. J Vos
Examiner(s)dr. ir. SJ Oosting

Language of instruction:

English

Contents:

A. grass (taxonomy, morphology), grassland (species, plant-plant interaction) and (physiology of growth, soil/air/water-animal-plant interaction). B. Functions and roles of grasslands: animal feed, recreation, nature, oxygen, erosion; farm, regional and international perspective; socio-economic perspective, world food security; temperate, (semi)arid and tropical climate zones. C. Management of grasslands in relation to function (mineral balances, quality and quantity of 'product', bio-diversity, etc.).

Learning outcomes:

At the end of the course unit, the student is expected to:
- demonstrate an in-depth insight in physiology and taxonomy of grass;
- demonstrate insight in various grassland systems in a world-wide perspective;
- perform translation of fundamental knowledge into options for sustainable management.

Activities:

Lectures, practicals, discussion groups, excursion, self study.

Examination:

Written exam.

Literature:

Reader with basic text and (parts of) books for further background information on specific topics

ProgrammePhaseSpecializationPeriod
Restricted Optional for: MOAOrganic AgricultureMScA: Agro Ecology5MO
MOAOrganic AgricultureMScB: Consumer and Market5MO
MASAnimal SciencesMSc5MO
MPSPlant SciencesMScA: Crop Science5MO
MPSPlant SciencesMScC: Natural Resource Management5MO